If you don’t have anywhere to join for the High Holidays – Atone with Ahava!

All services will take place over Zoom, and will be abbreviated from Ahava’s norm to allow for zoom fatigue.

Children’s services will not be held this year.


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Morning Service: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Wednesday, September 8, 2020

Open Shofar Drive-By: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

‘Drive-by’ Cantor Jacqui’s home in Newton between 1p-3p on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah to hear the shofar blown live!


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Kol Nidre service: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Morning service: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Yizkor (memorial) service: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Free high holiday services 
Rosh Hashanah 
Yom Kippur 
Newton Cultural Center and War Memorial Auditorium

IF the coronavirus is under control AND our venue has reopened, High Holiday services will also be held in person at the beautiful

Newton Cultural Center & War Memorial Auditorium, located inside:

Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton Centre, MA 02459

Ahava’s High Holiday services are meaningful, contemplative, and infused with exquisitely beautiful music. All are welcome, regardless of background, and all will feel at home.

The services are not affiliated with any of the major Jewish movements. Rather, they combine traditional prayers and melodies with contemporary elements, for a meaningful prayer experience that will leave you feeling inspired and spiritually fulfilled.

Join us for just one service, or join us for them all!

“Cantor Jacqui, Thank you so much for the beautiful and enjoyable High Holiday services.
My family always loves listening to your amazing voice and participating in your warm, friendly, family services. Thanks for being such a warm, caring, friendly and inspirational Cantor and religious leader.” Lee and Evy Goldberg

“Dear Cantor Jacqui: We attended in person last year and loved it. We are SO happy services will be live-streamed this year. We are at home in Phoenix, and were afraid we would miss Ahava this year. Thank you for the love and good will you, Ahava, and its members bring to the world, and Jewish community especially. Blessings…” Ken and JoAnn Shore, Phoenix, AZ

Livestreams from previous services can be viewed on Ahava’s Facebook page [click on ‘videos’]


Ahava’s YouTube channel

Please supply your own machzor (prayer book)

We will be using Mishkan Hanefesh: Machzor for the Days of Awe. You will need this particular machzor to follow along and participate in the services. If you are registering close to the date and cannot order hard copies in time, the electronic prayer books are available for immediate download! Problem solved!

You may order hard copies HERE and bring the books with you to services. Please note that there are separate volumes for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The two-volume set sells for $44.

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You may order electronic copies and use your device as your prayer book. Click HERE for Rosh Hashanah and HERE for Yom Kippur. Please download to your device; do not rely on wifi. Note that you do not need a kindle to order the electronic kindle version; just download the kindle app onto any device. The two volumes sell separately, each for $9.99.


All genders are encouraged to bring and wear their own kippot (yarmulkes) and tallitot (prayer shawls). There will also be some available to borrow for those attending in person.

If you would like a loved one’s name read aloud during the Yizkor service, please email his/her/their name to and indicate correct pronunciation.

Are you a skilled shofar blower who would like to participate in our services? Contact Cantor Jacqui at or 617-213-7911.

You do not need to be a member to attend any of Ahava’s services; however, donations are graciously accepted!

Shofar, So Good

High Holiday Music Sampler: